Letters From a Pastor to His People

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    Letters from a Pastor to His People- December 8, 2019

    Dear Parishioners,

    John the Baptist was a man who was anything but superficial.  He wasn't into appearances or externals. He lived in his Cousin's shadow his whole life, and it didn't bother him one bit.  John was a "no-nonsense" kinda guy.   If you're a person who struggles with appearances and 'keeping up with the Joneses', then perhaps you could think of praying with John.

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Advent Resources

The Season of Hope

If you find yourself looking to recapture the true spirit of the season amid all the glitter, hustle and bustle of the "happy holidays" we have some suggestions that will help center your spirit, including an early gift from us to you, the book Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary: Unveiling the Mother of the Messiah by Dr. Brant Pitre.

We're posting daily on Facebook, offering the Best Advent Ever by Dynamic Catholic, Online Advent Ignatian Spirituality, a short video on What Advent is really about and inspirational messages to reflect on yourself or discuss with your family and friends.

Advent Penance Services

At this time of year we find ourselves inviting special guests to our homes, and in preparation we clean and tidy up so that our time spent together will be enjoyable. All the preparing and cleaning we do isn't punishment or drudgery as much as joyful work in anticipation of great times spent with great people.

Preparing joyfully for the birth of Jesus is no different, and we can clean and tidy our spiritual "house" through Reconciliation. Please join us for our Advent Penance Services on Monday, December 16 at 7:00pm in church.


Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary: Unveiling the Mother of the Messiah

Our early gift to you this season is the book Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary! by Brant Pitre. We invite you to pick up your copy from the back of church or the parish office beginning December 1 and to read it as your spiritual guide as we move toward Christmas.


Dynamic Catholic

Best Advent Ever

Amazing possibilities because a Great Christmas begins with an incredible Advent. Are You Ready to Get Ready? SO… WHAT IS BEST ADVENT EVER? It’s a totally free and totally awesome daily video program (sent straight to your email) that will help you prepare for Christmas like never before! Sign Up Here


During the four weeks of Advent, we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth through prayer and reflection. We contemplate the First Coming of Jesus as Savior, and anticipate his promised Second Coming. And amid the flurry of Christmas preparations, we look for practical ways to observe the holiness of the season in our everyday lives.

Ignatian contemplation and reflective prayer encourage us in the season of Advent. Below we highlight Advent resources in the tradition of Ignatian spirituality.


Online Advent Retreat


Arts & Faith: Advent

Arts & Faith: Advent

Enjoy video commentary about works of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures of Advent. Use these videos to take a new look at this season of preparation through the lens of sacred art. Accompanying dotMagis blog posts offer reflections on using the art as a means of Ignatian prayer.


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First Week of Advent, Cycle A
Second Week of Advent, Cycle A
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Fourth Week of Advent, Cycle A
Christmas Day


As the Advent Season is upon us, here is a great educational video in 2 minutes to share with your family and friends: What Advent is really about


Inspirational Messages to reflect on yourself or discuss with your family and friends.

Today we begin a new liturgical year and the season of #Advent, four weeks to prepare ourselves for the coming of God. As you light the first candle, reflect: How have I celebrated Advent in the past? How will I celebrate this Advent?

  • "Come, let us climb the mountain of the Lord," let us walk together this Advent toward the encounter of Jesus, our Savior.
  • It is the Savior of the world whom we await for in #Advent, the one who calls us to conversion.
  • In #Advent, we recognize in our lives the Word of God who is coming among us, the answer to our deepest questions.
  • The season of #Advent is a time of hope in the coming of the Prince of Peace. Bring peace to others!
  • Our Blessed Mother is an example of patience and love as she awaits for the birth of her son. Stay with her in this #Advent journey.
  • Christ's beauty breaks our hearts. Invite him to your life in this season of #Advent.
  • Today we begin the 2nd week of #Advent. John the Baptist cries out in the desert: "Prepare the way of the Lord." He is coming!
  • Behold, our Savior will come; we need no longer fear. We turn to Him in silent prayer with hopeful expectation.
  • The Light of the World will soon be upon us. Ask Jesus to shine His Light on your life, so you may see Him.
  • And Jesus said, “I will give you rest...learn from Me.” Pray: Jesus give Me your comfort, so that in your presence I may be transformed
  • “I am the LORD, your God, who grasp your right hand; It is I who say to you, “Fear not, I will help you.” Is 41:13
  • Prepare yourself in little ways, for when He comes in Christmas joy He will fill your heart with many blessings.
  • Jesus visited His people when He walked the earth. Now we can visit Him in the Eucharist! Go out to meet Him!
  • Today marks the 3rd week of #Advent. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed the Lord is near.” Phil 4:4-5
  • May God enable us to defend our faith just like St Joseph, who defended both Mary and child Jesus at times of peril. Third week of #Advent.
  • May God grant us the inner light to see Jesus in the tabernacle just like Elizabeth who saw the Savior in Mary's womb.
  • May God grant us the gift of humility which Mary had to be an instrument of God.
  • Let us discern the Holy Spirit working amidst us and acknowledge the Savior and His mother.
  • “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord." Let us adore and thank Him for all the graces that he has bestowed on us.
  • Let us adore and worship the one true God, who became man to be our spiritual nourishment.
  • Let us rejoice in God's mercy, for he allowed us to be his sons and daughters who commune with him through the Eucharist.
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